4 July 2019 Recap: CleanTech Innovation


As part of Venture Café’s July monthly theme of Dual Horizons, in partnership with EnergyLab, we explored Australia’s clean tech innovation space.

We started the afternoon off with a film screening of the powerful new Australian documentary Blue! The industrialisation that has occurred in the oceans over the last century, mirrors the events that triggered mass extinctions on land. Industrial scale fishing, habitat destruction, species loss and pollution have placed the ocean in peril. The very nature of the sea is being irretrievably altered. Our ocean has been the guardian of life on earth. Now it is our turn to be guardians for the ocean.

Meanwhile, the Innovate Hear meetup was back, this time with in Reverberant Conversation with Associate Professor William Martens, and Dr Kelly Miles. Communication is not only about what we say and what we hear, but the environments we inhabit while we do so.  How we communicate and interact in these spaces can depend on factors from our own hearing abilities to the architecture of the spaces.  We were inspired by learning about how we listen in complex environments, and by Bill’s own cochlear implant journey.

We were then treated to a thought provoking panel with 5 EnergyLab startups as they shared the “why” behind “what” they do. We’re all driven in one way or another to be better, create, innovate - it’s a part of the human endeavour. Thank you to Swati Johri (InfraDocs), Dan Adams (Amber Electric), Pete Neal (Powerpal), Carola Jonas (Everty) and Darryn Pinto (Waste Ninja) for sharing your stories!

Our final panel of the evening welcomed an interactive discussion with Piers Grove from EnergyLab, Kirk Lawrence from Schneider Electric and Professor Darren Bagnall from Macquarie University, considering Australia as a global leader in clean tech innovation. Key considerations were:

  • How we can transform with dual horizons in mind - to deliver for the needs of today while innovating for the benefit of tomorrow?

  • What is the role of industry, research and government on this journey? How do we position Australia to be a global leader?

  • And how do we support our emerging startups scale solutions which are addressing critical areas of need?

We explored recording this last session as a podcast, so watch this space to be able to listen to this powerful session again!